What To Do In The Var Region, France | 10 Of The BEST Activities In France’s Var

The Var region is one of our expert locations as it’s the place where we both met and worked in the South of France. For 7 months we explored the entire region whilst living in tents. So if it’s camping in the Var region you’re looking for? We know what we are talking about.

Below we’ve listed 11 activities for you and your family to explore in the Var region of France and below that, we’ve listed some of our favourite campsites.

What to do in The Var

View of the gorge du verdon landscape in the var region of france

Gorge Du Verdon

This is quite simply, the most incredible landmark in France. I mean, not officially or anything, but we 100000% believe it is. It’s amazing. The scenery is unrivaled. 

Lac de sainte croix

Following on from the Gorge du verdon is this beautiful lake. From here you can hire a pedalo or boat and sail into a section of the gorge. It’s a fun day out for the entire family (we’ve even seen dogs on pedalos). 

Lac de sainte croix scenery of the canyon lake in the gorge du verdon in the var region of france


Just slightly south of the Lake de Sainte Croix is the charming town of Sillans La Cascade. The village itself is like most French villages, except this one has a secret…well, not so secret because it’s in the name… In the village you’ll find a stunning 42 meter high waterfall. 

One of the rock pools at the waterfall of sillans la cascade in the var region of france

Malpasset Dam

A sombre day out, the Malpasset dam collapsed in 1959 killing 423 people in the proceeding flood. Pieces of the dam are still scattered throughout the landscape. The area is set up as a memoriam to those who lost their lives in frejus

Mike stood in front of the malpasset dam in the var, france

Lake cassien

Great fun day out for the family this lake usually houses an inflatable assault course in Summer and also has pedalo hire. It’s possible to swim in the lake and the water is nice and warm in Summer.


This rock in the village of Saint Aygulf is perfect for active families looking for a hike. Not quite a mountain, this impressive natural structure has many routes to the top. One of the routes even has a rope on the cliff edge to scale the rocks up.

Mike sat at the top of Roquebrune in Var,France

Red Rocks at santa lucia walk

Another small hiking route in the Var, these rocks are situated at the port of Santa Lucia next to Saint Raphael. The route involves a walk between land and sea across these stunning naturally red rocks. 

The red rocky cliffs at the red rocks in santa lucia port near frejus in the var region france
Hire bikes for the family and go explore! Many of the forests have brilliant cycle paths that cirlce around the main lake.

Celeb spotting in Saint tropez

I can’t write about the Var and not write about it’s most famous town. Saint Tropez is known by people everywhere as being a hot spot for celebrities. The super rich own houses here the super, super rich own yachts here too! We prefer the smaller nearby towns of Port Grimaud and Sainte Maxime – similar scenery and lifestyle but for half the money spent.

Explore esterel massifs

Another set of red rocks but this time from the town of Agay. Head to the town to find the stunning landscape of the esterel massifs. From here you can take a hike up the rocks or even a boat trip through the rocky calanques.

The Villages of Pays de fayence

To the north east of the var region you’ll find the nine villages of Fayence;  Fayence, Callian, Mons, Tourrettes, Tanneron, Montauroux, Saint-Paul-en-Forêt, Seillans et Bagnols en forêt. They are known as the perched villages due to their location on the hill side. Filled with culture and natural heritage these villages are definitely worth a visit. 

Campsites nearby

We’ve lived at and worked at quite a few of the campsites in the Var region so have a good idea of what’s the best for every family type. Have a look below for our recommendations

Camping La Rive is stunning, click here to read our detailed review.

Camping L'Etoile D'Argens

This is Breanne’s top recommendation, mainly because she spent 6 months living there. It’s the perfect site for those planning to visit the beach as the campsites shuttle boat service means you’ll avoid all the traffic. It’s now an “ecolodge” site which means the prioritise environmentally friendly holidays.

Camping La Baume

This site is perfect for families with kids of all different age groups. There are loads of activities for the whole family and it’s huge!

Camping Les Lacs du Verdon

situated in the perfect location for exploring the Gorge du Verdon this campsite will be a hit with pool lovers. The aquatic area is absolutely amazing.

Esterel Caravaning

situated in the perfect location for exploring the Gorge du Verdon this campsite will be a hit with pool lovers. The aquatic area is absolutely amazing.

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